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Special Events & Opportunities

Connect with classmates, collaborators, and future colleagues in the science of food. Grow your understanding of food science and technology. Develop professional skills. Set yourself up for success with the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT’s) special student opportunities.

Looking for a Summer Internship for 2020? Intern+ Applications are Open!

Applications are open now with more opportunities coming soon, so keep checking back!

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IFTSA Global Summit

Bringing the world's food science students together in one meeting. A recording of this year's event will be shared soon, and past recordings are available now.

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Planning to attend IFT's annual event?

The Student Food Innovators (SFI) program helps students get the most of our annual event and food expo—a real-life laboratory to discover solutions, apply theory to practice, and ultimately understand how global collaboration will advance innovation in the science of the food.

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Connect with your food science community!

Explore the many ways you can meet and become more connected to the science of food global community.

IFT members are able to connect with peers around the globe, through IFT Connect, IFT’s online community site. Participate in interest-based discussion boards and topical division groups, ask questions, solve problems, and make invaluable connections through the online directory.

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Connect With Your Community

IFT regional sections offer invaluable, in-person experiences to gain insights and network with food professionals in your area. Learn more about IFT sections.

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Join an IFT Division

Members are able to join IFT's interest-based groups (called divisions) of their choice. With over 24 divisions to choose from, you will be joining a robust and engaged community of peers representing over 76 countries. Not a member yet? No problem, you can join online today.

Meet other professionals working in your field to collaborate, innovate and problem solve.

Meet other professionals working in your field to collaborate, innovate and problem solve.